Lynn communication students filming, tweeting, reporting live from warship during Fleet Week

Five multimedia journalism students will spend two days and nights on the high seas aboard the U.S.S. Ashland

Published Apr. 23, 2009

Five multimedia journalism students in Lynn’s College of International Communication will spend two days and two nights (April 25-27) filming, tweeting and reporting live from the high seas aboard the U.S.S. Ashland during Fort Lauderdale’s annual Fleet Week (April 27-May 2). The Ashland, an amphibious assault warship, carries up to 400 marines, hover craft and up to 36 assault landing vehicles.

While on board, the students will be producing television profiles of various sailors, in addition to producing a television story about the ship’s mission, including an interview with the Commanding Officer. The on-board profiles will be sent to each sailor’s hometown television station for broadcast. At sea, the students will keep the iPulse, Lynn’s student newspaper, the Boca Raton News, the WPTV-TV, News Channel 5 website and WTVJ, NBC-6 in Miami informed of their experiences via Twitter updates and the Internet.

“Students will work against the clock to meet strict deadlines for their stories,” said Jim Brosemer, an instructor of multimedia journalism at Lynn. “This experience will give them a taste of constructing professional video presentations in a limited time. They will also be required to follow military rules of conduct and navy restrictions concerning what can and cannot be videotaped.”

Students enrolled in the 300 level “Video Applications/Naval Operations” class taught by Lynn instructors Jim Brosemer and John Bennardo, competed for a spot on the Ashland throughout the spring semester. The five selected students will be land-transported by the Navy to Jacksonville (Mayport Naval Air Station) from Boca Raton on Friday, April 24, for the sea voyage back to at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, arriving the morning of April 27 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Other students from the class will be present landside to record the arrival of their classmates.

Fleet Week is a yearly five-day event when various warships from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard visit Port Everglades. This year, many of the warships will be open for public inspections, and the ship’s crews will spend time completing community work and relaxing while on shore leave. Once docked in Port Everglades, other Lynn University students will cover the crew’s landside activities, producing television reports and print stories for various local media.